January 17, 2013
College of Veterinary Medicine lecture series on K-State Olathe campus grooms future professionals in animal health corridor
Following a fall series met with high demand and response, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a spring lecture series on the Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, with the first lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Forum Hall.
The first presentation, by Patricia Payne, "What is Living On and In Your Pet" will cover parasitic diseases that are harmful to pet health. Payne is the supervisor for the College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory and the Veterinary Health Center, as well as the chair of the college's admissions committee.
Additional presentations will be Feb. 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, and April 17. Topics and presenters can be accessed at http://olathe.k-state.edu/k-12/vet-med-lecture-series/index.html.
The Greater Kansas City area is the national leader in the animal health and nutrition industry. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Manhattan, Kan., to Columbia, Mo., accounts for one-third of the nation's $19-billion global animal health market. Companies and universities in this area lead the nation in animal health and nutrition research, innovation, business functions and production.
"Training the future workforce for this industry begins with our students," said Micheal Strohschein, director of K-12 science education partnerships at Kansas State University Olathe. "Years from now, they will be ensuring the continued growth of the success in the corridor and in this field overall."
The lecture series is geared to high school students, but parents, teachers and the general public are invited to attend. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty will be available the day of each lecture to meet with interested students and their families.